Tag: Americana Music Association

Top 100 albums in Americana music

The Americana Music Association has just released the Top 100 Americana Albums of the year based on radio airplay. No surprise in the top two slots, with Jason Isbell and Christ Stapleton leading the way. But it’s a treat to see multiple generations in the upper reaches,  with Steve Earle at #5 and his son Justin Towns Earle at #7. Lukas Nelson is at #8, while his father Willie Nelson holds down #11.

New to Americana chart: Mary Chapin Carpenter, BoDeans

Americana Music News –  The first five positions in this week’s Americana Music Association radio chart remain stable, with Willie Nelson’s Heroes,  JD McPherson’s Signs and Signifiers and Paul Thorn’s What the Hell Is Goin’ On? in the top three positions. New to the chart this week are albums by veteran performers with deep and impressive bodies of work. Mary Chapin Carpenter’s…

Richard Thompson, Booker T. Jones to be honored at Americana music festival

Americana Music News –Richard Thompson and Booker T. Jones will be honored with lifetime achievement awards from the Americana Music Association at its 11th Annual Honors and Awards ceremony on Sept. 12 at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, the organization announced. Jones and Thompson will be honored in the instrumentalist and songwriting categories, respectively, and will join Bonnie Raitt, previously…

New to chart: John Fullbright, Brandi Carlile

Americana Music News – The top two slots in this week’s Americana Music Association radio chart hold steady, with JD McPherson’s Signs and Signifiers and Willie Nelson’s Heroes running 1-2. New to the chart this week are John Fullbright’s From the Ground Up at #33 and Brandi Carlile’s Bear Creek at #40. Most added this week to Americana music radio:…

Todd Snider’s salute to Jerry Jeff Walker enters chart

Todd Snider’s Time As We Know It, his tribute to Jerry Jeff Walker, is the top new entry on the Americana Music Association airplay chart this week, breaking in at #33. The Dunwells are the only other debut, with Blind Sighted Faith at #40. Still at the top of the chart: Justin Townes Earles’ Nothing’s Gonna Change the Way You…

New to chart: Trampled By Turtles, Dr. John, Mastersons

Lyle Lovett remains steady at the top of the Americana Music Association  Airplay Chart with Release Me, holding off Justin Townes Earle’s Nothing’s Gonna Change the Way You Feel About Me. It looks like a long run ahead. New to the chart this week: Trampled by Turtles’ Stars and Satellites at #25,  Dr. John’s Locked Down at #27 and the…

The Deep Dark Woods: The Place I Left Behind

By Ken Paulson —It’s too easy to compare a Canadian band to The Band, but in the case of the Deep Dark Woods, it’s also inescapable. The sonic resemblance is most apparent on murder saga “The Ballad of Frank Dupree,” but the Deep Dark Woods also mine The Band’s terrain of days long past, regrets and remembrances. Listening to The…

Guy Clark tribute, Charlie Faye, Imelda May enter Americana charts

The Americana Music Association Radio Chart is back after a month-long hiatus, and Ryan Adams’ Ashes & Fire (PAX-AM/Capitol) remains at the top. Taking the holidays off is an odd call for an association promoting a genre that still needs to build its brand and visibility. And it’s not as though all those Americana stations just played Christmas music over…

Rounder, New West, Lost Highway top Americana labels

Among the joys of Americana music is the range of artists and labels. Indie labels often break through, leading to dark horses and pleasant surprises. Yet this year’s Americana Music Association list of the top 100 albums from November 16, 2010 through November 14, 2011, serves as a reminder that the bigger labels still play a major role. An analysis…

Hayes Carll tops 2011 Americana music airplay chart

The Americana Music Association has just released its list of the 100 most-played Americana music albums, with Hayes Carll’s KMAG YOYO in the top slot. Their top 20: 1) Hayes Carll, KMAG YOYO / Lost Highway 2) Lucinda Williams, Blessed / Lost Highway 3) Steve Earle, I’ll Never Get Out of This World Alive / New West 4) Alison Krauss…

Interview: Jonell Mosser

Jonell Mosser has long been known as one of Nashville’s finest and most soulful voices, but she’s never broken through to a national audience. That may change with “Fortunes Lost, Fortunes Told,” a new album that targets an Americana audience. It’s not that much of a departure from her past work, but she’s now courting Americana radio, with good results.…

Jonell Mosser breaks into Americana music chart

Jonell Mosser, one of our favorites, breaks into the Americana Music Association chart at #38 this week with “Fortunes Lost, Fortunes Told,” As we noted in our review of the album, Jonell is a stirring and soulful singer who has never had the break she deserves. Maybe that’s changing. With the Jayhawks still at #1 with “Mocking Bird Time,” the…

TV holds key to growth of Americana music

By Ken Paulson Television is a very big deal to the Americana music community. For years, the Americana Music Association has worked to establish the genre with the general public, and TV is the key. Any medium that can make Snooki a household name should do wonders for Buddy Miller. That’s why news that WNPT, Nashville’s public television station, would…